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From Bloomberg:

“Kid Counselors Wait By Phone In Case Harry Dies.”

July 20 (Bloomberg) — A U.K. children’s charity has brought in extra staff to man its phone lines in expectation of a deluge of calls from distraught youngsters if Harry Potter dies.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the seventh and final book in J.K. Rowling’s series of adventures about the boy wizard and his friends at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, goes on sale tomorrow.

“For many children, Harry Potter and his friends have become a major part of their childhood,” said Kate Trench, a spokeswoman for ChildLine, based in London, which provides telephone support services for children. “Excitement could give way to sadness for those caught up in the huge build-up to the seventh and final book.”

Seriously. Give me a break. What about mom and dad to say things like “IT’S A BOOK. IT’S FICTION.”

If I see someone crying over this like people did when they took Wings off the air, I’m gonna smack them.

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